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Ilium has taken advantage of its versatile and patented production technology to develop a Light-RTM reinforcement which exhibits vastly improved drape and conformability characteristics.
Ilium explains that, due to its unique stitch-free production process, customer feedback suggested that conformability was lower than that found in traditional stitched L-RTM reinforcements and subsequently, complex mould geometries could take longer to lay up. It explains that its latest version of iSpring range now achieves the same level of drape and elongation with up to 66% less force. One additional benefit increases maximum elongation by between 24% and 29% creating a more homogeneous, natural drape. Under tension, the new material naturally spreads any given load over the entire section, rather than a smaller local area.
Ilium says that its new higher drape reinforcement now has all the previous advantages that customers have enjoyed; better print-through performance, increased strength, improved fire retardant properties, instant preformability and overlap avoidance, but now with even more versatility and ease of application.
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